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How to Eat Low Carb at Burger King

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How to Eat Low-Carb at Burger King 

Burger King is the second largest hamburger fast food chain restaurant, so it’s often convenient. But how does it stack up in terms of offerings for those of use who are cutting carbs? Here’s how to find your way around the Burger King (BK) menu.

 

Find Information About Carbs

There is a nutritional information brochure at Burger King, but it won’t tell you about custom options such as ordering a burger without the bun.

 

 

But some of that information is available online:

 

Nutritional Information: Information, including carbohydrates, on all the standard Burger King menu items. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell about the individual components. McDonald’s does this, and it’s very helpful. You might be able to guess about the condiments by looking at the McDonald’s tool.

 

Ordering Burgers

Obviously, ordering burgers without the bun is the way to go. You will get the burger in a plastic container with most of the condiments. As with many other places, mayo seems to be considered a condiment for the bun, not the burger, and you won’t get it unless you ask for it. You may have to ask for a knife and fork to go with it. Hamburgers have zero carbs, but some of the condiments have carbohydrate. Other than saying that the ketchup has 3 grams of carbohydrate and the mayonnaise zero, BK does not give information about the condiments.

 

Other Sandwiches

The best bet on other sandwiches is the Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich without the bun at 3 grams of carbohydrate. If you get the Veggie Burger bunless, it will cost you 19 grams of carb, and the rest of the sandwiches go up from there.

 

Salads

Salads at BK are, unfortunately, a little disappointing.

 

 

In particular, the last time I checked them out the side salads were almost entirely iceberg lettuce. A thin slice of tomato and a few tiny carrots complete the “Garden Salad”. The base for the meal salads was a little better, as it had the more-nutritious romaine lettuce included.

 

The only low-carb meal salad option is the Tendergrill Chicken Garden Salad, at 8 grams of net carbohydrate (not counting dressing and skip the croutons). The Tendercrisp Chicken Salad has 23 grams of net carbs because the chicken is breaded.

 

The dressings, as always, contain a wide range of carbohydrate. The best one is the Ranch Dressing at 2 grams of carbohydrate per packet. Do NOT get the Fat Free Ranch Dressing, as it contains

 

15 grams of sugar! The Creamy Caesar and Light Italian dressings could also reasonable choices, at 4 and 5 grams, respectively. And you don’t have to use the whole thing, of course.

 

Sides and Desserts

The only real possibility is the Fresh Apple Fries (which aren’t fried, BTW) at 5 grams net carbs. Skip the caramel sauce of course.

 

If you just want a Chicken Tender or two, they are a little over 2 grams of carb apiece. Choose the Ranch dipping sauce at 1 gram per container.

 

Breakfast

There are a couple of omelet sandwiches that you could get without the bun, but there is no information about carb counts in that case.

 

 

Beverages

Obviously water, diet sodas, and coffee are the zero carb options (or almost so). Don’t be tempted by the iced coffee, with a diet-busting 66 grams of carbohydrate. And believe it or not, the shakes go up to 154 grams of carbohydrate and 960 calories!!

 

With care, an occasional meal at BK won’t break your diet, but there isn’t enough nutrition available there to make it a habit

 

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Best and Worst Choices for KFC Foods

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Best and Worst Health Choices at KFC

 

Most healthy eaters consider chicken to be a diet-friendly food. But the menu at Kentucky Fried Chicken can challenge even the most dedicated dieter. If you check KFC nutrition facts, you’ll see that many menu items are loaded with fat and calories—including the chicken. But it is possible to eat at KFC when you’re trying to lose weight and even to make healthy choices on the menu.

 

Analyzing the KFC Menu

The KFC menu is built around items that are fried.

 

 

So even though chicken is usually a good source of lean protein, most of the chicken items on this menu are going to less healthy. In addition, the side dishes—primarily comfort foods like mashed potatoes, corn bread and macaroni and cheese—will increase your fat and calorie intake while providing very little nutritional value.

 

However, there are a few grilled selections on the Kentucky Fried Chicken menu that are better for your health. For example the Grilled Chicken Breast provides just 180 calories and 6 grams of total fat. You’ll also get 31 grams of metabolism-boosting protein when you choose this food.

 

Most Popular KFC Food

Original Recipe and Extra Crispy Chicken are very popular choices at KFC. But the Original Recipe Chicken Breast is loaded with fat and sodium (see label). If you select the Extra Crispy Chicken Breast, you’ll consume 390 calories, 23 grams of fat and 870 milligrams of sodium.

 

Extra Crispy Tenders are also a menu favorite at KFC.

 

 

A single order provides 140 calories, 7 grams of fat 10 grams of protein and 310 milligrams of sodium. And wings are another popular food. An order of KFC Chicken Hot Wings provides 70 calories, 4 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein and 160 milligrams of sodium. But a serving size is just 22 grams, which is very small. You are likely to consume several servings of this food.

 

Sandwiches and wraps are also popular at KFC. The Crispy Twister, for example, includes a tortilla, extra crispy tenders, mayo, tomatoes, shredded cheese and lettuce. There are 630 calories in the KFC twister wrap, and 34 grams of fat.

 

Healthiest Options on the Kentucky Fried Chicken Menu

Grilled items will be best for your diet at KFC, but if you love the taste of fried chicken, you still have options. Choose one of these meals to keep your fat and calorie intake in control.

 

Traditional KFC Meal: 480 calories

 

Original Recipe Chicken Breast: 320 calories

Corn on the Cob: 70 calories

Mashed Potatoes: 90 calories

Grilled Chicken Meal: 385 calories

 

Kentucky Grilled Chicken Breast: 180 calories

Green Beans: 25 calories

Biscuit: 180 calories

Crispy Chicken Salad Meal: 450 calories

 

Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad: 330 calories

Marzetti Light Italian Dressing: 15 calories

 

Cornbread Muffin (half muffin): 105 calories

 

 

Least Healthy Choices on the KFC Menu

 

 

One of the reasons that a Kentucky Fried Chicken meal is challenging for dieters is that many menu items are served family-style. This can make portion control very difficult. In addition, many of the most popular foods at KFC are fried. So even though they provide a dose of healthy protein, it comes bundled with fat and calories.

 

To stick to your diet when you eat at KFC, follow these three rules to avoid common mistakes that can send your daily fat and calorie intake through the roof.

 

Order only single-serve items. Skip the family-style buckets and platters – even if you are eating with a group. That way you know you are consuming only the calories that are posted on the menu board. You may also want to avoid KFC’s popular Go Cups if you are trying to slim down. You don’t get enough food to justify the 500 (or more) calories you’ll consume when you eat one.

Be smart with salad choices. Salads are usually healthy, but there aren’t any grilled salad choices at KFC. Each of the entree salads at Kentucky Fried Chicken comes with fried chicken on top. And the calorie counts listed do not include dressing. You can include these in your diet (see the meal listed above) if you crave crispy chicken, but a healthier choice is to order the side salad and add a piece of grilled chicken on top.

Be selective about sides.  The KFC sides you choose can make or break your entire meal. So check the nutrition facts for your favorite dish before you order. The healthiest side dish is Green Beans with only 25 calories and zero grams of fat. Potato wedges are the worst with 290 calories and 15 grams of fat. You might also want to skip the BBQ Baked Beans. Even though beans sound healthy, this recipe will add 210 calories to your total intake.

Lastly, remember to drink water instead of soda when you visit KFC or any fast food restaurant. It’s a better choice for your body when you consume the high sodium levels that you find in many fried foods. And try to make your food choices before you go. That way you’re not distracted by the pictures on the menu board and you’ll be more likely to stick to your diet.

 

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Best and Worst Food Choices at McDonalds

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Best and Worst Health Choices at McDonald’s

 

Analyzing the McDonald’s Menu

 

McDonald’s and many other fast food restaurants post calorie counts for each of their food products.

 

 

But if you are in the drive-thru lane you might not have time to grab your calculator and do the math. So be safe and stick to sandwiches that include grilled meat or chicken to keep the calorie count low. You’ll also boost your daily protein intake with those choices.

 

It’s also a good idea to skip the French fries and choose fruit instead. If you want to indulge, get a small size of fries and choose a smaller sandwich. And your best bet for saving calories? Skip the soda! Get water and add lemon to make the water taste better.

 

The best way to stay healthy at McDonald’s is to order a la carte. That means you bypass the popular Value Meals and only order the menu items that you love so you don’t waste calories on foods you don’t need.

While you might imagine that burgers rule at McDonald’s, French fries, chicken sandwiches, and chicken nuggets are also very popular. Even breakfast items rank very high on the McDonald’s must-have list. These are calorie counts for some of the most popular items:

 

A 4-piece order of Chicken McNuggets provides 180 calories, 11 grams of fat, 10 grams of protein and 11 grams of carbohydrate.

 

The more popular 10-piece order of Chicken McNuggets provides 440 calories, 27 grams of fat, 24 grams of protein and 26 grams of carbohydrate. Double those numbers for the 20-piece chicken nugget calories and nutrition.

An Egg McMuffin provides 290 calories, 12 grams of fat, 17 grams of protein and 29 grams of carbohydrate.

A McChicken sandwich provides 350 calories, 15 grams of fat, 14 grams of protein and 40 grams of carbohydrate.

One Quarter Pounder with Cheese provides 540 calories, 27 grams of fat, 31 grams of protein and 42 grams of carbohydrate.

A Filet-O-Fish sandwich provides 390 calories, 19 grams of fat, 17 grams of protein, 38 grams of carbohydrate.

A Cheeseburger provides 300 calories, 12 grams of fat, 15 grams of protein and 33 grams of carbohydrate.

If you choose to enjoy your meal with one of McDonald’s popular sweetened drinks, you’ll have to add more calories. A large McDonald’s Sweet Tea contains 160 calories and a large Coca-Cola contains 300 calories.

Healthiest Options on the McDonald’s Menu

There are some items that are lower in calories. Depending on the meal you choose to enjoy, there are several different ways to enjoy a full meal for under 500 calories.

 

McDonald’s Breakfast Under 500 Calories

There are some items you should avoid if you are watching your waistline.

 

 

The Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddle provides 550 calories. And the Bacon Egg & Cheese McGriddle doesn’t fare much better at 420 calories. These items, however, should keep you satisfied and won’t ruin your daily calorie count:

 

Fruit & Maple Oatmeal: 310 calories

Apple Slices: 15 calories

Coffee: 0 calories (no cream or sugar)

Lowfat Milk: 100 calories

Total: 425 calories

 

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait: 150 calories

Iced Latte: 60 calories (medium with nonfat milk)

Hash Browns: 150 calories

Total 360 calories

 

Egg McMuffin: 290 calories

Hash Browns: 150 calories

Black coffee: 0 calories

Total: 440 calories

Low-Calorie McDonald’s Lunch or Dinner

Most dieters will visit McDonald’s for their popular lunch or dinner burgers and fries.

 

So can you enjoy these popular favorites and still keep your weight loss program on track? Yes! Just stay away from the super-sized items and high-fat condiments like mayonnaise and cheese.

 

Milk: 100 calories (1% low fat)

Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad (no cheese or tortilla strips): 260 calories

Fruities (Mandarin orange): 35 calories

Total: 395 calories

 

Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich: 380 calories

Side Salad: (no dressing) 20 calories

Water: 0 calories

Total: 400 calories

 

Hamburger: 250 calories

Kids Fries: 110 Calories

Small Diet Soda

Total: 360 calories

 

Cheeseburger: 300 calories

Side Salad: 20 calories

Newman’s Own Low Fat Dressing: 80 calories

Water

Total: 400 calories

 

Hamburger: 250 calories

Small fries: 230 calories

Water

Total 480 calories

Unhealthiest Food on the McDonald’s Menu

As you might expect, the fries won’t do wonders for your diet. An order of large French Fries contains 510 calories, 24 grams of fat, and 66 grams of carbohydrate. And you might also want to avoid the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese which will add 780 calories and 45 grams of fat to your daily total.

 

 

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Can Foods Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

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Can Food Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

 

To help minimize your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, an Anti-Inflammatory Diet. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants – both of which can help address inflammation, which experts now consider a primary contributor to many diseases, including Alzheimer’s. You can get started by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as omega-3 rich foods such as walnuts, wild Alaskan salmon, and freshly ground flaxseed.

 

There was also a recent study at UCLA showing that a gluten-free diet was part of a lifestyle program that reverse the symptoms of early Alzheimer’s. This may not be necessary for everyone, but many of our integrative medicine fellows see patients improve their brain fog symptoms on a gluten-free diet. It may be worth a three- to four-week trial to see for yourself.

 

Supplements are important too. Please ask your healthcare provider to go over a supplement regiment just for you.  If they say take a  one-a-day, then run away!

 

Call us to give you a personalized healthcare plan.

 

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Foods to Get More Vitamin D in your Diet

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Foods to Get More Vitamin D in Your Diet

 

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that’s essential for proper absorption of calcium in your digestive tract, and it helps maintain blood levels of calcium and phosphate. So, getting enough vitamin D is necessary for bone health throughout your life — vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets in kids and osteoporosis in adults.

 

The thing is, people don’t get much vitamin D from the diet. Your body makes vitamin D when your skin is exposed to UV rays from the sun. It only takes a few minutes of sun exposure every day to get your vitamin D, but if you live in a place where it gets colder in the winter, there’s a good chance you won’t get enough sun exposure for several months out of each year.

 

Most experts recommend a daily intake of 600 International Units. You won’t find many foods that are high in vitamin D, but there are some. Flip through this slideshow to learn more about these foods.

 

Maitake mushrooms, or “hen in the woods” mushrooms, are a delicious and low-calorie source of vitamin D, as well as potassium and several B-complex vitamins. One cup of diced maitake mushrooms has more than 700 International Units of vitamin D. Maitake mushrooms might also have health benefits beyond being nutritious.

 

Halibut is a good source of vitamin D, with about 200 International Units in a 3-ounce serving of fish. Halibut is also a good source of protein, B-complex vitamins, zinc, magnesium, and potassium. Eating halibut also provides you with essential omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Regular portabella mushrooms have a small amount of vitamin D, but portabellas grown with extra exposure to ultraviolet light have much more. One whole UV-exposed portabella mushroom has about 375 International Units of vitamin D. Portabellas are also an excellent source of selenium, potassium, and several B-complex vitamins.

 

Fish oils contain vitamin D so it makes sense that fatty fish like salmon are good for getting vitamin D. Three ounces of fresh pink salmon have 370 International Units and three ounces of canned sockeye salmon has almost 800 International Units of vitamin D. Salmon is also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein and an antioxidant called astaxanthin. And don’t let the idea that salmon is a ‘fatty fish’ scare you off — a six-ounce piece of salmon only has about 200 calories.

Trout is another good source of vitamin D, and since it’s a white fish, it has a milder flavor than oilier fish like salmon and tuna. Three ounces of rainbow trout has about 650 International Units of vitamin D. Trout is also an excellent source of protein, B-complex vitamins, and minerals.

 

Vitamin D is found in the yolks, so eating whole eggs is a good way to get some vitamin D in your diet. Each egg yolk has about 40 International Units of vitamin D so eating two eggs contributes 80 International Units to your daily intake. Eggs are also an excellent source of protein and lutein. One egg has about 70 calories.

 

Chanterelle mushrooms are another good plant-based source of vitamin D. One cup of chanterelles has more than 100 International Units of vitamin D. These mushrooms are also an excellent source of potassium and low in calories — that one cup of chanterelles has only 20 calories.

 

Canned tuna has about 40 International Units of vitamin D in a three-ounce serving so each can has about 80 International Units). Canned tuna is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, magnesium, selenium and zinc. It’s convenient too — keep canned tuna on hand for sandwiches, salads and for using in recipes.

 

Vitamin D is also available as a dietary supplement, either alone or combined with other nutrients. Calcium supplements usually contain vitamin D. Vitamin D supplements are generally safe but follow label directions and keep them away from young kids — vitamin D in large amounts can become toxic over time. And you should also speak with your healthcare provider before taking vitamin D supplements if you have any health conditions.

 

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Butterscotch Bliss Layered Dessert Recipe: Low Carb

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BUTTERSCOTCH BLISS LAYERED DESSERT RECIPE  : Low Carb

 

INGREDIENTS

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, ( I use oatmeal cookies)

Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar, divided

6 tablespoons butter, melted

2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese

3 cups cold fat-free milk, divided

2 packages (1 ounce each) sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix

1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed  ( I use heavy whipping cream, whipped and then freeze it)

1/2 teaspoon rum extract

 

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, half of the sugar substitute and butter. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish coated with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, 1/4 cup milk and remaining sugar substitute until smooth. Spread over crust.

In another bowl, whisk remaining milk with the pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Gently spread over cream cheese layer. Combine whipped topping and extract; spread over the top. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Yield: 24 servings.

Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda no-calorie sweetener.

 

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Chocolate Pumpkin Bars

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These are my favorite, not necessarily the healthiest   Dr. M William

 

Easy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars Recipe

Ingredients

1 package spice cake mix (regular size)

1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin

2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided

Directions

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pumpkin; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Fold in 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips. Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking pan.

Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

In a microwave, melt the remaining chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Drizzle over bars. Let stand until set. Yield: 3 dozen.

Health Potion!

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Health Potion!

 

What happens when you mix beets, carrots and apples: A glass of juice that destroys all diseases!

 

Homemade juices are the best and most nutritious. We ourselves select the ingredients and know that they will not added any additives or preservatives.

It is also good to know which fruits and vegetables are the best combination.

 

Mixing beetroot, carrot and apple is incredible combination due to theirs nutrients:

Apples – They are high in fiber and vitamin C, and they are also low in calories, have only a trace of sodium, and no fat or cholesterol.

 

The high content of carbohydrates, especially fructose and glucose, apple supplies the body with energy and prevents fatigue.

 

Carrot – is rich in vitamins A, B, C, E and K. It contains minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium and selenium.

 

They help in weight loss and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.

 

The carotene antioxidants in them have also been linked to reduced risk of cancer.

 

Beetroot– is of exceptional nutritional value; especially the greens, which are rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C.

 

Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fiber, manganese and potassium.

 

BENEFITS FROM CONSUMING THIS DRINK

 

Against cancer

 

This potion restores hope to people suffering from cancer. Not only proven applicable in the treatment of lung cancer, it prevents the development of almost all kinds of malignant tumor cells.

 

Beets comprising amino acid betaine, having anti-cancer properties. Beetroot is a traditional remedy for leukemia.

 

Heart protection and blood vessels

 

The carrot juice are phytonutrients that promote heart health, such as alpha and beta-carotene, and lutein.

 

Thanks to the apple, beverage positive effect on the increased level of bad cholesterol (LDL), regulates blood pressure and protects the heart from various diseases. Beetroot helps to keep arteries elastic and proven to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood.

 

Perfect skin

 

Studies have shown that the juice of beetroot, carrot and apple has everything you need for perfect skin. It will help to keep the skin clean, without pimples and acne.

 

The excellent anti-inflammatory agent, which cures skin diseases associated with viruses and bacteria, as well as allergies.

 

The wealth of natural ingredients slow down the aging process of the skin and help with wrinkles, dry and damaged skin and restore its luster and elasticity.

 

Improves vision

 

With the help of this beverage can solve the problem of dry, red and tired eyes.

 

Natural juice will help you to rest your eyes after long work at the computer and preserve their natural health.

 

Plenty of Vitamin A is proven to help preserve vision.

 

Natural ally against women’s problems

 

Women who have severe menstrual pain should often drink this potion. It helps with painful cramps and PMS.

 

At the same time, makes up for the loss of iron and removes fatigue associated with the menstrual cycle.

 

How to Prepare this Elixir of Health:

 

To prepare this drink does not have to bother precisely specified quantities. According to your taste, you can put more carrots or apples.

 

Use unpeeled fruits grown organically. Nutritionally richer and healthier because they are not treated with pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

 

Those who want to get the most benefits from this juice should represent all three ingredients in the same quantities. Eg. 3 apples, 3 beetroot and 3 carrots. From fresh fruits and vegetables make the juice in the juice extractor – Cut apples, beets and carrots and mix. Strain and pour into a jar and refrigerate, if you have made a greater amount of juice.

 

The infusion should not be further sweeten. But, can a complete taste fresh lemon lime or lemon is rich in vitamin C. This prevents oxidation of the juice.

 

How to use the potion

 

The infusion of beetroot, carrot and apple drink in the morning, on an empty stomach. Have breakfast after an hour.

 

The beverage can drink twice a day. The second time you drink to 17 pm.

It is recommended to drink it slowly and every sip briefly keep in your mouth.

 

The treatment juice should continuously take from one to three months, if you want to achieve long-term beneficial effects on your health.

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11 Kid Snacks made with Harmful Chemicals

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These 11 Snacks Are Marketed To Kids, But Did You Know They Could Be Deadly?

 

We all know we should eat as few processed foods as possible.

There are some snacks, however, that are worse for you and your kids than others. When I think of petroleum, I think of oil fields and putting gas in my car. I had no idea that it was also used in some common treats that are marketed to children. Usually, the petroleum products are in dyes used to create bright colors, and those dyes have been linked to many conditions, including cancer, hyperactivity, and allergic reactions. Here are some snacks to avoid.

 

  1. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese uses artificial dyes made with petroleum, like Yellow 5 and Yellow 6.
  2. Some Pop-Tarts use Red 40 dye, and most use Synthetic B6, made up of hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde, and petroleum ester.
  3. Fruit Roll-Ups use dyes like Red 3, but the good news is that it’s easy and fun to make all natural versions at home.
  4. Even crackers like these can have hidden dangers. Club Crackers contain tertiary butylhydroquinone (THBQ), a controversial ingredient responsible for keeping certain oils from spoiling.
  5. Say it ain’t so! Yellow 5, Yellow 6, and Red 40 are all found in M&Ms.
  6. Just like the macaroni and cheese, Cheetos have Yellow 6 dye, but they also contain methyl benzoate and ethyl methylphenylglicidate. All three ingredients are derived from petroleum.
  7. Certain varieties of Pringles contain Red 40 dye, which is “reasonably anticipated” to cause cancer according to the U.S. Department of Health.
  8. Red 3 dye in fruit snacks has been banned in cosmetics for its link to tumors.
  9. Many of the petroleum-based dyes in Froot Loops have been banned in other countries.
  10. Teddy Grahams contain the same chemical as Club Crackers, THBQ, which can cause difficulties in breathing, vomiting, and nausea in large doses.
  11. Cheez-Its are coated in THBQ to extend their shelf life and they’re full of yellow food dyes.

 

 

Make sure you always check the labels before you eat processed snacks, and share this list to protect your family and friends!

 

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Dairy Crack!

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Dairy Crack

 

Cheese really is crack. Study reveals cheese is as addictive as drugs

 

For years you have been telling people how much you love cheese.  Cheese on everything at every meal if you could.  Now, will you listen that you’re addicted to cheese. It’s a part of every meal or snack, and you think about it constantly.  A new study suggests food addiction is a real thing.

The study, published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, examines why certain foods are more addictive than others. Researchers identified addictive foods from about 500 people who completed the Yale Food Addiction Scale, designed to measure if someone has a food addiction.

Pizza, unsurprisingly, came out on top of the most addictive food list. Besides being a basic food group for kids, college students and adults, there’s a scientific reason we all love pizza, and it has to do with the cheese.

The study found certain foods are addictive because of the way they are processed. The more processed and fatty the food, the more it was associated with addictive eating behaviors.

Cheese happens to be especially addictive because of an ingredient called casein, a protein found in all milk products. During digestion, casein releases opiates called casomorphins. Casomorphins are created from chemicals that are in the milk, and work with the processing of cheeses.

“[Casomorphins] really play with the dopamine receptors and trigger that addictive element,” registered dietitian Cameron Wells told Mic.

There are new studies ahead of how eating cheese as a child will have an effect on their ability to resist addictions in adulthood.  In a quick study in Los Angeles CA., college students went to people on the street and in shelters and asked the residents “If you could have any food right now, what would you ask for?”   Almost 100% said cheese.

So there you have it. Your cheese addiction has been validated by science.

 

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